Sunday, April 19, 2015

Indian media's indifference to 'fake' encounters: 20 killings in Chittoor, five 'murders' in Telangana

When 20 persons were killed in an 'encounter' in Chittoor, it didn't create a flutter in national media.

The Tamil Nadu police said they were 'smugglers' and their version was immediately accepted.

Media didn't raise a single question that if they were hard-core criminals, how all the 20 people were killed on the spot, without injury to policemen.

They were termed as 'Red sanders'. Even if they would be suspects of smuggling, this sort of MASSACRE isn't justified. It didn't seem 'encounter' from any angle. The clothes on the victims' bodies, shows that they were poor people, possibly wood cutters.

This is the treatment our police give to wood cutters. Are we becoming a police state where courts don't matter at all? 'Suspects' are killed in cold-blood, 'under-trial prisoners' are killed even before there is a verdict.

TV channels didn't bother much as the victims were POOR. No TRP!!!. Channels who show live reports over nonsensical and trivial issues, had no interest, there was no anger or special programmes to raise the issue of such injustice.

The same was the attitude of the media in the encounter of suspected SIMI operatives, Viqar and four others, near Warangal in Telangana. The initial reports were about police versions. Later, photographs emerged that the persons killed were all handcuffed.

Elitist Indian media's new 'values': Don't question killings by police, army

But, there is no interest in our media, to question the police version. There is a serious concern towards the way journalism is heading in this country. Society, the influential upper and vocal middle class, has developed certain 'values'.

The values indicate that anything the police and army does is not questioned. This is a dangerous phenomenon. So there is hardy any effort to look at the other side of the picture, these days. It seems 'unpatriotic' to them, perhaps!

The attitude of Indian media towards police excesses is a serious issue. Media is supposed to be the 'conscience keeper' of the country, but it has gone astray, big way, in India. This is really very, very serious and senior journalists must do introspection.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Rajat Sharma, Naqvi and Uday Shankar responsible for turning Hindi news channels into a circus, journalists into jokers

Many are wondering how Rajat Sharma could be awarded Padma Bhushan?

This post is about the fall in standard of TV news and journalism in India.

While Arnab Goswami is accused of killing English TV news [as Outlook claims], who is responsible for the death of Hindi TV news?

This question has been raised by Senior journalist Dilip C Mandal who has written a series of Facebook posts on it.

Mandal, who was managing editor, India Today (Hindi) till recently, names three journalists for their role in bringing down credibility of Hindi news channels.

The names are Uday Shankar, Qamar Waheed Naqvi and Rajat Sharma.

Read the English translation here:

Dilip C Mandal

Under whose leadership did the Hindi TV channels enter the 'circus mode'? In prime time, instead of news, TV channels began showing stories about naag-nagin (snake) superstitions, call girl who charged the most and about cars moving without driver.

This journey continued to such an extent that everybody kept slipping, even falling into gutter, and no one bothered.The three leaders who are responsible for turning Hindi media into Peepli Live and its journalists into jokers are Uday Shankar, Qamar Waheed Naqvi and Rajat Sharma.

I will write a detailed paper on it, sometime later. I have no personal issues with any of them. But they are responsible for the situation that today there are jokes on media. Talk about reporters and kids start laughing.

These channels got audiences addicted to such humour that ultimately TV News channels began showing half-hour laughter challenge shows. If this trio won't be there, may be other leaders would be around, doing the same. But they were leading the three major channels in the era.

There was a time when Ganesha idols were sipping milk but SP Singh countered superstition on TV and used the cobbler's tool and showed that it could also sip milk in the same way, and also demonstrated how TRP can be generated by going against superstition.

There is tamasha in Indian English news too but that is mostly around news. In Hindi news channels, tamasha is foremost and there is no need for news at all. Uday Shankar, Qamar Waheed Naqvi and Rajat Sharma drove Hindi TV news to the superstitious age, even though all of these three persons are modren people. However, news was brought the lowest common denominator.

Read the posts on Dilip C Mandal's Facebook Timeline


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